18 ProTeams Include Garmin-Cervélo, RadioShack, HTC & BMC

Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by in news

The UCI finally announced the list of teams registered in the first division, known as ProTeams, for 2011. The USA will have 4 teams at the highest level, Garmin-Cervélo, RadioShack, HTC & BMC and both Geox-TMC (Spain) and Cofidis Le Crédit en ligne (France) were denied ProTeams status and relegated to ProContinental. That means that France will only one ProTeam, AG2R.

10 teams already had a valid license and were approved for 2011:

  • AG2R (France)
  • Garmin-Cervélo* (USA)
  • Katusha (Russia)
  • Lampre-ISD (Italy)
  • Omega Pharma-Lotto* (Belgium)
  • Quick Step Cycling Team (Belgium)
  • Rabobank Cycling Team* (Netherlands)
  • Saxo Bank SunGard (Denmark)
  • Sky ProCycling* (Great Britain)
  • Team RadioShack (USA)

And 8 teams have requested the renewal of their licenses or applied for a new license:

  • BMC Racing Team (USA) for 2011-2014
  • Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spain) for 2011-2012
  • HTC-Highroad (USA) for 2011-2014
  • Liquigas-Cannondale (Italy) for 2011-2014
  • Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project (Luxembourg) for 2011-2014
  • Movistar Team (Spain) for 2011-2013
  • Pro Team Astana (Kazakhstan) for 2011-2013
  • Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team (Netherlands) for 2011-2013

As the Licence Commission refused their licence requests, the Geox-TMC (Spain) and Cofidis Le Crédit en ligne (France) teams will be automatically registered as UCI Professional Continental Teams. Interestingly, both Geox-TMC and Cofidis had a higher sporting value than AG2R.

Teams with * were already announced on 2 November 2010. On that date 13 teams were also registered as Division II or UCI Professional Continental Teams:

  • Androni Giocattoli (Italy)
  • Bretagne – Schuller (France)
  • Caja Rural (Spain)
  • Colnago – CSF Inox (Ireland)
  • Europcar (France)
  • Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli (Great Britain)
  • FDJ (France)
  • Landbouwkrediet (Belgium)
  • Saur – Sojasun (France)
  • Skil – Shimano (Netherlands)
  • Team Type 1 (USA)
  • Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator (Belgium)
  • Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)

The complete list of UCI Professional Continental Teams registered for 2011 should be announced on 10 December.

Good for BMC. In 2010, the BMC Racing Team finished as one of the top 10 teams in the UCI World Rankings. “I’m very happy because we have had a vision to always be one of the top teams and this confirm it,” team owner Andy Rihs said. “It also reflects well on what we have accomplished to date and it fits perfectly together with our program as a race team and with BMC bicycles as the title sponsor.” BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz said ProTeam status guarantees participation in all the world’s greatest races. “What this means is that we can certainly prepare the team better and have more opportunities for success throughout the year,” he said. “We are proud to be included as members in this prestigious group and thank the UCI for their confidence.”

Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said it is a big achievement to be among the 18 best teams in the world. The elevated status also provides the BMC Racing Team with middle and long-term vision plan opportunities. “We can bring in young riders, for example, and build with them for the future – already looking forward to Paris-Roubaix or the Classics – in two or three years,” Lelangue said. “But we still have to race well to preserve this level and be sure at the end of the year we can stay ProTeam for the upcoming years.”

The news was also welcomed by the BMC Racing Team riders. The first event on the ProTour calendar is the Santos Tour Down Under, Jan. 16-23. “This is a testament to all the hard work the riders, managers and staff have put into this team,” three-time U.S. national road champion George Hincapie said. “I am very proud to be part of this organization and look forward to a successful 2011 season.”

Sporting value. One of the criteria used by the UCI is the so-called sporting value. A team’s sporting value is calculated using results obtained in 2009 and 2010 by the 15 best riders in their 2011 squads, taking into account all the events on all the circuits of the UCI International Calendar. In addition, the calculation of a team’s sporting value takes into consideration the collective value of the team based on placings in team classifications of stage races on the UCI World Calendar and HC events on UCI Continental Circuits during 2010.

In accordance with Article 2.15.011b of UCI Regulations, the 15 top teams in the hierarchy will receive (or will keep) a first division license if they also fulfill the other criteria. Teams ranked 16th to 20th will be evaluated by the Licence Commission, which will decide which of them will have access to the first division (the maximum number of UCI ProTeams is fixed at 18). Teams ranked lower than 20th place are considered not to have fulfilled the sporting criterion.

Sporting hierarchy of teams for 2011 (Nov 2 2010)
Position Team Position Team Position Team
1 Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project 15 BMC Racing Team 29 Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
2 Rabobank Cycling Team 16 Euskaltel-Euskadi 30 Veranda’s Willems-Accent
3 Garmin-Cervélo 17 Geox-TMC 31 Team Type 1
4 HTC-Highroad 18 Quick Step Cycling Team 32 CCC Polsat Polkowice
5 Omega Pharma-Lotto 19 Cofidis Le Crédit en ligne 33 Bretagne-Schuller
6 Lampre-ISD 20 AG2R 34 Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli
7 Katusha 21 FDJ 35 Landbouwkrediet
8 Sky ProCycling 22 Saur-Sojasun 36 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
9 Liquigas-Cannondale 23 Pegasus Sports 37 Team Netapp
10 Saxo Bank SunGard 24 Skil-Shimano 38 Team SpiderTech powered by C10
11 Team RadioShack 25 Acqua e Sapone 39 Caja Rural
12 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 26 Colnago-CSF Inox 40 Colombia Es Pasion-Café de Colombia
13 Pro Team Astana 27 Europcar 41 De Rosa-Ceramica Flamina
14 Movistar Team 28 Androni Giocattoli 42 Andalucia Caja Granada

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